Bench Dips Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Bodyweight
  • Compound
  • Push
  • Beginner
  • Shoulders
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Triceps Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Exercise Instructions

  1. Set up for the bench dip by placing 2 flat benches parallel to one another to around 4-5 feet apart (you may need to adjust the width to suit your height).
  2. Put your heels on the edge of one bench at around shoulder width apart.
  3. Place your hands on the edge of the other bench. This is the starting position for the exercise.
  4. Keeping your body close to the bench, slowly dip down until your elbows are at the same height as your shoulders.
  5. Slowly push back up, squeezing through the triceps.
  6. Do not lock the elbows out at the top of the exercise, and repeat.

​Bench Dip Tips:

  1. Keep your forearms pointing downward and try to keep your elbows close.
  2. It's important that you do not dip down too low as it places unnecessary strain on the shoulder joints.
  3. Keep the rep timing slow.
  4. Really squeeze the triceps at the top of the movement to get the most out of this exercise. Mentally focusing on the triceps being the prime mover in this exercise will help place more emphasis on the triceps and less on the shoulders.

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Posted Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:40

What. If i only have one flat bench? Whats a good substiture for this workout?

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Posted Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:27

No problem. Just grab a chair and use it to elevate your feet.

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Posted Sat, 01/19/2013 - 10:18

Just eat more

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Posted Thu, 04/12/2012 - 01:25

how effective are these for building mass? Alone or When done following triceps cable pull downs? or another type of mass building exercises? does doing these in conjunction with a mass building exercise yield better results? or should I just use the time and do another mass building exercise like close grip bench press?

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Posted Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:44

It's a good exercise for extension, so yes! I'd recommend using this exercise as a super set, so do four sets of pulldowns and then go right to the benches to knock out for sets to failure. Then move on to your second muscle group, after that repeat the same process after your next tricep exercise.

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Posted Sun, 03/25/2012 - 23:27
Julia Booker